Questions tagged [meetings]

Events at work often involving others. There can be meetings for one's team, a department, a 1:1 with a manager or 1:1 with a subordinate if applicable. Questions here will usually revolve around handling meetings in terms of schedule, etiquette and other issues.

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How do I broach the subject of cost of living with my boss?

I work full time for a state college in the USA. I like my job, and I have a positive relationship with my boss. My landlord is asking me to renew my lease, and rent is going up by 25%. I am slated ...
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What to say during a group evolution meeting

My startup company is trying something new. They are planning their first 'group evolution meeting'. We would have to answer two questions for each member of the DevOps team. What is he or she very ...
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How do I communicate to my boss that meeting scope creep is out of control?

I am in the USA. My team is completely work from home. My boss likes to "cross train", "collaborate" or "see what you're working on" and frequently demands the team ...
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How to suggest recording meetings that include training?

I recently started a new job. Most people work remotely. Often times we have a meeting with screen sharing where the presenter demonstrates how to do something. Mostly this is because I am being ...
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Productivity of group meetings with people with different personality types

I recently was running a small group meeting with 4-5 different people - developers, product, business, etc. The point of the meeting was broad open ended discussion about a new product. The product ...
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Are regular 1:1 meetings really that important?

Are regular 1:1 meetings really that important ? I guess that for many people the answer is, of course. But I have been working for a Beijing local company for 11 years, managing a team around 10 ...
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Should I explain it is not retaliation?

Context: My team leader, with hierarchical and project responsibilities, has problems with my team. To be clear and concise, most of the team is jealous of one, namely Bob. Because Bob is often ...
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Make it not optional (or personal choice) to turn on camera during online meetings while working from home [closed]

I could list a whole list of reasons but I won't, and because I actually had the opposite question that I wanted to ask to this question: Make it mandatory to turn camera on in video meetings at work? ...
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Is it common that people lose interest in attending company annual meeting after being with the company for several years?

I have been in the software industry for 20 years and with my current employer for 10 years. The company annual meetings I have experienced are basically the same. The boss gives some pep talk; review ...
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Is it frowned upon to not show your face during virtual meetings? [closed]

Is it frowned upon to not show your face during virtual meetings? Or does it depend on the company culture?
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Unintentionally on camera in a recorded meeting - want to be edited out [closed]

I attended a company Teams meeting for training that was being recorded and after a few minutes accidentally turned on my camera and was unaware. Needless to say, it's unflattering! I looked rather ...
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How to keep disagreements healthy as a leader? [closed]

In my meetings, disagreements tend to be quite unhealthy from my point of view. They don't become toxic or offensive at all, but you can just feel the environment charging up a bit. Therefore, I am ...
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What's the proper etiquette when joining an audio conference where people are already talking?

Multiple times I've joined an audio-only Microsoft Teams meeting (on time) where people were already talking. I feel like it would be rude to talk over them to say "hello", like it's going ...
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Meeting was getting extended regularly: discussion turned to conflict

Our team meets everyday at standup to discuss about the updates from yesterday and plan the day. However, we have a problem that the standup which is scheduled for 30 mins almost always extends to 2 ...
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What can I say as a response to a rescheduled meeting by client?

I requested a client to reschedule a meeting which we had arranged previously via email, I apologized for the inconvenience as well and they sent me below reply email: No inconvenience at all. We ...
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A peer "gives" me tasks in public and makes it look like I work for him

Summary: I have a manager "Alan". "Bob" is not my manager but during meetings he often gives me tasks and talks about his participation in my work. I feel uncomfortable but my ...
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CEO yawns at presentation [closed]

The ceo got us all pumped up to come up with a strategy for a new product. When my department presented and I started speaking he walked out to get something. Then when my team presented he yawned a ...
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Rude to ask if meeting is mandatory?

Someone from upper management that I don't work with emailed me to schedule meeting. Is it rude to ask if the meeting is mandatory or should I just go ahead and give my available time. I'm not busy ...
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People reacting with anger to my trying to get rid of meetings that should be emails

I'm invited to a lot of "meetings that should be emails". I'm currently doing a lot of unpaid overtime because of, among others, that. I have a list of tasks to complete. In a typical ...
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A way to fight back the meeting-bongo, how dangerous is this idea?

Last week I had 40 work hours and about 25 of it were spent in various meetings, talks, and so on. This has become commonplace and I think it is time to fight back. I think the company needs think a ...
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How do I apologize for feeling sick and missing a meeting?

I am an intern a part-time software engineer in a company. I did not feel well the night before, I overslept accidentally and missed a meeting, where 5 of us want to write a business plan, the ...
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What are your biggest productivity vampires as a developer? [closed]

Curious to hear from my fellow developers as to what the biggest drains on your time are that take you away from doing productive work.
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Dealing with Executive who is always late

What is the best way to deal with a sr manager head of a department who is always late to my meetings? Should I start the meeting without him?
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Is it unprofessional to send meeting invites on weekends/holidays?

I had to schedule meeting for Monday but for some reason or the other it I couldn't finish work on Friday and therefore I wasn't sure if I should schedule meeting on Monday. But on weekend I worked ...
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How to prepare for a first time meeting in a new role

I'm starting a new role as a development team lead in a large American corporate software development firm. Over the course of my first week, I'll be introducing myself to various stakeholders. During ...
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How to deal with time planning dispute

I am a software developer who is creating integrations services between the ERP system of our customers and our system (dataflow happens via XML and webservices). I am doing this for around 4-5 years ...
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Manager wants me to raise concerns/issues at one-on-ones, but I usually have no concerns. How should I improve my approach to these meetings?

Background: I'm a senior developer at my company and have been there for several years. I get along well with my coworkers and truly love my work. During my annual reviews, my manager has praised me ...
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How to propose alternate strategy before meeting

My team is meeting later this work to discuss how to build a new component for our software system to handle a new business problem we are facing. I don't believe this new component is required and ...
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How can I tell my boss he has poor video meeting manners? [closed]

My boss loves scheduling long, pointless video meetings. This is bad enough, but it's made worse by his poor manners and ridiculous rules. He doesn't like it when people mute their mic or use ...
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How can I deal with team members messaging in group chat (possibly about me) during virtual meetings?

Recently I am experiencing an awkward situation with my team. We are 10 people, divided in three micro areas. I have daily contact with my direct supervisor and one colleague and we work really well ...
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Should I start a weekly one-on-one meeting with my boss?

I read from this article: One-On-One Meetings – Why They’re Important to You and Your Team that one on one meetings are important for a team, but we don't have such a convention. We have weekly ...
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Agreeing without really agreeing

I've had many more phonecons in the past year than usual, and I'm noticing that in meetings with more than a few people, that a person will say that they agree with whomever spoke immediately before ...
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How to refuse constant outside-office-hours meetings politely? [closed]

We are always required to attend meetings outside office hours without any compensation. Usually, our employers are unwilling to convene meetings during office hours because it would reduce our ...
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How to deal with colleagues who schedule meeting and join late

There is this colleague who would schedule 15-30 minutes meeting and join themselves like 10-15 minutes late (I am the only attendee). It has happened on several occasion and I have ignored it but now ...
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How do I improve in my role as liaison between engineering and customer support/sales?

Some context: I started working at a startup with 8 employees as a mid level developer about 3 months ago. One of the responsibilities I was tasked with is facilitating communication with our product ...
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Best way to schedule meetings with mix of internal and external people

I am required to send a VP and a CEO of a company an email to schedule a meeting with them, however I must also include 2 internal managers in this meeting. I can check the availability of these 2 ...
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Realistically, how do I recover from a zoom screen share mishap?

I haven't seen any other questions to this effect. With COVID and the normalisation of working from home, there would increase of Zoom/conference call mishaps, such as Jeffrey Toobin exposing himself ...
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Dealing with coworker who requests video on zoom

I have a particular coworker who always requests video when on a zoom call. This isn't ideal for me because I live in a tiny studio and don't have a fancy bookcase backdrop like him. My background is ...
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Accidentally recorded a Teams meeting, should I apologize to meeting attendees?

Thank you for reading through. I was in a Miscrosoft Teams meeting (virtual online). I was trying to turn on the live caption so I could know what people were talking about if the voice wasn't clear. ...
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Germany: unwritten conventions on eating during day-long meetings

I saw this picture today, in which one of the officials has a platter of cold cuts next to him during an official (presumably hours long) meeting. I remembered the meetings of the good old days, ...
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What is considered inappropriate when participating in a video meeting?

So we had a business meeting the other day via Zoom. All the participants were from their homes, as happening around the world these days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the participants in the ...
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Is it professional to ask for day off, after just few days in work, to attend friend's funeral?

My friend recently died and day of funeral is already known, but it's set to be on work day. I just started working in new place and being inducted into company and project I'll be working on. Also, I ...
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Make it mandatory to turn camera on in video meetings at work?

I am between junior and mid level in my team and new to my company. Everyone works from home all the time and our meetings are on video chat due to the covid pandemic. I often feel that some teammates ...
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Late to a team meeting what is well on its way, should I join late or skip?

Our global team have a monthly townhall Zoom meeting where couple dozens of people join and our team lead(s) would gives organizational announcements and updates. Since it is a global meeting, the ...
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How to keep manager happy with 1 on 1 nonsense?

I joined a company last week that claimed to be a startup but seems to be closer to a big corporation. One of the bureaucracies is a weekly hour-long one-on-one session with my manager. We had this ...
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How can I find out whether a job can accommodate my poor communication skills during the briefing process in an interview?

I work as a graphic designer. Most of my career has been freelance but I've worked full-time for design agencies also. I am currently looking for a new full time role, but there is one thing I'm ...
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How to make a meaningful eye contact with a webcam?

Zoom meetings are a new normal in these interesting times. I have been reading on how to make them better. One tip is when you are speaking, to make sure you look into the camera not at your own ...
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All Day Meeting Voice Call?

I work on with a fairly small development team (4), and we normally do daily standups and check-ins at days end. Recently we have started a required all day voice call meeting in teams with all the ...
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Is it appropriate to mute others in a video call

Due to COVID-19, my company has gone completely remote and all of our meetings are conducted over voice-call software (e.g. Skype, Zoom, Teams - usually without using video) that allows any invitee to ...
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How do I cope with impromptu meetings?

I am an engineer in my second job. I also find dealing with people exhausting; I would happily work for days without talking to anyone. Obviously that isn’t possible, so instead I do my best to ...
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